FG To Charge Igboho For Treason After Arrest In Benin Republic

Igboho drags FG before Abuja court, demands release of detained aides

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Federal Government is ready to bring Chief Sunday Adeyemo, widely known as Sunday Igboho, to justice after he was reportedly arrested by security operatives.

The Department of State Service, DSS, declared him wanted accusing him of treason.

Nigerian government had trailed the fleeing activist and was eventually arrested in Cotonou on Monday night, while making arrangements fly to Germany.

Igboho was arrested by the security forces in Benin Republic about three weeks after the Department of State Services declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms.

The source stated that Igboho will be repatriated to Nigeria on Tuesday (today) from Benin Republic, one of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries in the West African sub region.

“He was arrested in Cotonou while he tried to travel out on Monday night. His destination was Germany. The security forces in Benin Republic should repatriate him to Nigeria on Tuesday,” the source said.

The DSS had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides and killed two of them in a gun duel.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had placed the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service on alert to stop Igboho from leaving the country.

When contacted, a member of Igboho’s legal team, Pelumi Olajengbesi, said he would speak with the lead counsel, Yomi Aliyu (SAN), and revert later.

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, did not respond to a text message seeking confirmation on the matter, reported Punch Newspapers.

Afunanya, at a briefing on July 1, 2021, had vowed that “Igboho may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants…But this will be the end of his shenanigans.”

The charge of treason and arms stockpiling came after operatives of the DSS stormed the activist’s residence in Soka, Ibadan; on the eve of a planned Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos.

Two aides of the popular activist had been killed in a fire-fight; while a cache of arms and ammunition had allegedly been discovered in the residence; with the DSS accusing Igboho of planning to levy war against the Nigerian State.

Consequently, Sunday Igboho had been absent at the rally, with reports alleging that he had fled Nigeria.

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